Category Archives: Sketches

Illustrations, sketches, paintings, renderings and half baked ideas. It’s my online sketch book.

White Collar Sketches

Every once in a while I get grabbed by a major TV show – either because of stunning visuals and/or good storytelling. A few years ago we started watching White Collar, and even though it took a bit of getting used to, Julia and I are hooked.

The other day we’ve finished watching Season 5 on iTunes, and if you believe the internet there’s a final 6th Season being shot in New York right now – with only 6 episodes. In the UK we’d call that a “full length season” and drag it out over the course of two years – but in the US television landscape six episodes is rather unheard of.

I haven’t done much drawing over the last few weeks in favour of iOS hacking and exploring vintage computers – so I thought the timing is perfect to turn the inspiration from all those stunning visuals and riveting storytelling in White Collar into a project:

The White Collar Sketches

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Zen Brush Sketch: Spike

I’ve done done some more drawing exercises and came up with this little character: Spike (due do this hair style). I’ve started him in Manga Studio and can’t stop drawing him now. Julia says he always looks like he’s in trouble (I’m still working on the happier expressions).

This sketch was done in Zen Brush on iPad, a lovely tool that works like a Japanese ink brush. It’s really easy to create quick master pieces with it – stay tuned for some more!

It’s a Kodak World – Welcome!

I’ve finished another sketch in Manga Studio, still trying to come to grips with it. This time I’ve used my trusty old Wacom Bamboo tablet. It’s handles just as nice as my Intuos 4. Doug TenNapel was right: the hardware doesn’t really matter that much (even though I love my Intuos). Thats great news as the Bamboo is slimmer than even the small Intuos so ideal for travelling.

I rendered a picture of James in Poser Pro as reference. When I was half way through the drawing I thought it reminded me of Gene Simmons from The Celebrity Apprentice. I’ll never forget his famous slogan for the printer they were supposed to promote: It’s a Kodak World – Welcome.

His team lost the task and he got fired.

Even though he’s not wearing sunglasses in this sketch, this is my homage to Gene 😉

Freehand Sketch

I’ve tried out two new apps here: the first one is Procreate, a drawing app for iPad. It’s up there with SketchBook Pro and Brushes (which I haven’t tried yet).

Procreate is a very nice and fairly simple drawing programme with high-res canvases and unlimited undo functions. It has a very cool smudge tool and makes blending layers of paint very realistic (I like this behaviour in Art Academy).

The subject matter here is a freehand sketch inspired by Paigee’s drawing tutorials. I have a lot to learn I know! I did draw this from the top of my head though without a retrace so therefore it’s actually quite nice. Practice practice practice I guess…

Shading Exercise

I remember the very fist lesson in Art Academy on the Nindento DS is to draw a circle, turn it into an apple and apply basic shading.

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at it and I tried to recreate it from memory – here’s the result. I need a lot more practice to be happy, but at the same time I’m quite pleased that – for a freehand sketch created in 2 minutes – you can actually see what it is… even if apple isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. Let’s call it a plum perhaps.

Now Art Academy for iPad… that would be cool!